Archive for Spanish
Originally a “huayno” (traditional) song from Peru, this song tells the story of a little chick that comes to a new farm and will not be quiet. All day long it says “pio, pio pio!”. I’ve written new lyrics in English that tell the same story and these adorable chickens and chicks are from my own farm!
A piñata is often a custom at Christmas celebrations in Mexico. What fun. Here a chorus of children sing. The lyrics translate to “I don’t want silver, I don’t want gold, all I want is to break the piñata”.
This is Televicentro’s animation of the Las Posadas custom where townsfolk dress as Mary and Joseph and go out seeking an Inn (the word posada means inn). As the Bible story tells, they are turned away many times before they find a stable and a manger – a place for the Baby Jesus to be born.
This time our silly song is in Spanish. It’s “bonito” which means pretty or beautiful, by the Spanish group Jarebe De Palo. The group is led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Pau Donés. Worth watching for the funny lyrics and crazy changing scenery!
Here’s a cute animation of a song in Spanish about a woodpecker – a “carpenter bird” or “pajaro carpintero”. We don’t know much about the song’s background. If anyone can tell us more about it, please comment here.
This beautiful song began as a poem by José Marti. The music was written by Jose Fernandez Dias and was adapted by Pete Seeger and Julian Orban. The original has multiple verses in Spanish that are beautiful and poetic and speak about the love of one’s homeland and a desire to share that through words and images. I’ve added an English verse so people who don’t speak Spanish can get a feel of what the song wishes to share.
The Gummy Bear rides again. This time in Spanish he turns into an Osito gominola.
How do you say “That little chick” in Spanish? Ese Pollito! This song was originally a “huayno” song from Peru but it’s sung here by DARIA as a children’s song, accompanied by some of the cutest chicks, chickens and roosters from her barnyard! If you speak English, they say: “peep, peep, peep! If you speak Spanish, they say: “Pio, pio, pio!”
Do you speak English and Spanish and mix them together? Then you’re a Spanglish speaker. Our Friend, Will likes to write his songs in both English and Spanish and told us about this one… called the Desayuno (Breakfast) boogie. He says: “‘Desayuno Boogie’” is intended to help teach kids some Spanish words about food and to help their parents order breakfast at a Spanish-speaking restaurant”.
You can find out more about him at: http://www.spanglishwrangler.com.
This popular silly song is from Mexico and is known all around the world. The word cucaracha means cockroach and the song has mostly nonsense lyrics.
This version; complete with dancing cockroaches, tells a story of a little cockroach who could dance and play the guiro – an instrument from Latin America. It’s a perfect song for learning Spanish or English, or just for having some musical fun!
Would you like to hear a guiro, color one or make your own version? If so, click here: http://www.dariamusic.com/guiro.php